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Installing HP Deskjet 656 Printer on Windows Vista

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Ricardo on December 15, 2008
Installing HP Deskjet 656 Printer on Windows Vista

Yo! How can I get this HP Deskjet 656 printer of mine working on Windows Vista. It's the 656c / 656cvr printer.
Eric on December 15, 2008
RE: Installing HP Deskjet 656 Printer on Windows Vista

Hi Ricardo,

HP is not providing a Windows Vista driver for the HP Deskjet 656 printers. But there is an alternative way to get the printer working on Windows Vista. Just follow these steps:

1. If your printer is connected to your computer, disconnect it.
2. Click on the Start menu.
3. Click on Control Panel
4. Click on the Hardware & Sounds control panel.
5. Click Printers.
6. Click "Add a Printer"
7. Click "Add a Local Printer"
8. Check off the "Use an existing port" check box.
9. In the list entitled "Use an existing port" choose "LPT1: (Printer Port)
10. Click on the "Next" button
11. Choose "HP" as the manufacturer from the list of manufacturers
12. In the printers list that shows up, choose "Deskjet 660c"
13. Click on the "Next" button
14. In the text box called "Printer name" type "Deskjet 656"
15. Wait for the computer to say that the printer has been successfully added.
16. Connect your printer to your computer (i.e. connect the cable to the USB port at the back of your computer.
17. A "Found New Hardware" screen should show up. Click Cancel on this window. (if it keeps showing up, just keep on clicking cancel until no more windows pop up)
18. Go back to the printer folder (i.e. the one where you clicked "Add a Printer"
19. Right Click on "Deskjet 656"
20. Click on "Properties" in the menu that popped up.
21. Select the "Ports" tab.
22. Change the port from "LPT1" to "USB"
23. Click on the "Apply" button.

And that's it! That should allow you to use your HP Deskjet 656 printer in Windows Vista.

You might want to print out a test page just to make sure the printer works.

Anndee on February 17, 2009
RE: Installing HP Deskjet 656 Printer on Windows Vista

worked like a charm! thanks, Eric! =]
debasis on April 30, 2011
RE: Installing HP Deskjet 656 Printer on Windows Vista

i want hp deskjet 656c software for vista supported operating system
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